All eyes to the skies as Airbourne nears...


All eyes will turn to the skies next week as Airbourne flies into action, which will see the return of the popular RAF Red Arrows.

Eastbourne’s FREE international airshow starts on Thursday (August 15) and will see four days of flying displays and two special ground visits to meet and greet fans.

Arriving by helicopter, the team will meet airshow fans at the arena and military exhibition area, late morning on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August, for signed autographs and a chance to chat to the team. Organisers are anticipating huge crowds to welcome back the team, who will display on Thursday 4pm, Friday 4pm, Saturday 5pm and Sunday 2.57pm.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the Red Arrows back to the show, they really are the best in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity to discover more about life in the world’s most famous aerobatic team!”

Crowds can expect some dazzling fast jet displays from the F16 and Eurofighter Typhoon and a brand new high energy display from the heavy duty Chinook. For this year only, Team Dusty and Team Ripslinger will take to the Eastbourne skies, as Disney’s Planes bring The Matadors aerobatic team for an out-of-this-world display, to coincide with the UK cinema release on August 16.

For classic and historic jet fans, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight brings a poignant display along with classic jet flying from the Sabre, Miss Demeanour Hawker Hunter, Kittyhawk, Jet Provost and Spitfire.

World record holders, The Blades, return with their stunning close formation, looping aerobatics, along with the Breitling Wingwalkers, Rv8tors, SWIP Team, and the French Dassault Flamant brings its first ever display to UK shores.

For a complete guide to Airbourne, pick up a copy of the official souvenir programme at just £3 from the Tourist Information Centre or from a selection of newsagents.

There will collections at the end of each day for charity and to help fund Airbourne flying displays.